Big Green posts 6-0 shutout of visiting Lancers
Wednesday, August 27, 2014 12:01 AM
By Charlie Warnimont
Lincolnview senior Jacob Pollock settles the ball during a match against Ottoville on Tuesday night. Pollock has a shot on goal during the match, Lincolnview lost, 6-0. (DHI Media/Charlie Warnimont)
DHI Media Sports Editor
OTTOVILLE — Lincolnview’s boys soccer team didn’t allow a goal over the final 50 minutes of action against Ottoville Tuesday evening.
It was the first 30 minutes where the Big Green did all their scoring against a young Lancer squad trying out a new defensive scheme. Ottoville scored six times in the first 30 minutes as they went on to post a 6-0 non-league win over the Lancers.
Offensively Ottoville applied pressure on the Lancer goal from the opening kick, as the Big Green scored just 29 seconds into the match.
Junior Jared Fanning opened the scoring when he fired a shot at the far corner to beat a diving Lancer keeper for a 1-0 lead. Four minutes later, Fanning made it 2-0 when he settled a ball in the box, split a pair of Lancer defenders and fired a shot past the keeper at the 35:34 mark of the contest.
Lincolnview got their first shot on goal a minute later when senior Jacob Pollock beat the defense and dribbled into the box where he fired a shot that Big Green keeper Colin Bendele hauled in.
Ottoville senior midfielder Joel Beining made it 3-0 with 30:35 left in the opening half. Forty-five seconds later Beining made it 4-0 when he converted another shot on goal.
Lincolnview junior Austin Leeth had two prime opportunities to cut into the Big Green lead with two quality shots in a four minute span. On his first attempt, Leeth had a point blank opportunity on goal that Bendele knocked down and his defensive mates cleared. His second attempt, from 15 yards out, just sailed over the cross bar.
Ottoville went up 5-0 with 20:13 left in the opening half as freshman Logan Kemper netted a goal after getting a pass from Fanning. Freshman Zane Martin made it 6-0 with 12:43 left in the half when he knocked home a shot.
“It was a little difficult starting out, but we were trying a different defense, something they weren’t used to playing yet,” Lancer coach Britt Munson said. “We just took our lumps the first half, but I’m proud of the guys. They kept their heads up. We didn’t let in any goals in the second half as our defense played better. We were a little more organized and that’s really all you can do is be proud of them for hanging in there, taking pride in what they were doing, and not giving up anything.”
An outside factor that helped the Lancers adjust their defense was a 30 minute lightning delay that happened near the end of the 10 minute halftime break. While the Big Green were able to get runs on the Lancer goal, they didn’t have the quality looks they were getting the first half.
“We had that weather delay and it gave me a little more time to talk to them and get them to learn,” Munson added. “You have to learn. Just because you are beat down now, you have to keep your head up, take pride in what we are playing for and have fun. That was the main thing. They weren’t arguing with each other the second half, they were having some fun.”